S. 3542 (112th): No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Sep 13, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3542

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 13, 2012

(for herself and Mr. Blunt) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To authorize the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to modify screening requirements for checked baggage arriving from preclearance airports, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012.

2.

Preclearance airports

(a)

In general

Section 44901(d) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(4)

Preclearance airports

(A)

In general

For a flight or flight segment originating at an airport outside the United States and traveling to the United States with respect to which checked baggage has been screened in accordance with an aviation security preclearance agreement between the United States and the country in which such airport is located, the Assistant Secretary (Transportation Security Administration) may, in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, determine whether such baggage must be re-screened in the United States by an explosives detection system before such baggage continues on any additional flight or flight segment.

(B)

Aviation security preclearance agreement defined

In this paragraph, the term aviation security preclearance agreement means an agreement that delineates and implements security standards and protocols that are determined by the Assistant Secretary, in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to be comparable to those of the United States and therefore sufficiently effective to enable passengers to deplane into sterile areas of airports in the United States.

(C)

Report

The Assistant Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate an annual report on the re-screening of baggage under this paragraph. Each such report shall include the following for the year covered by the report:

(i)

A list of airports outside the United States from which a flight or flight segment traveled to the United States for which the Assistant Secretary determined, in accordance with the authority under subparagraph (A), that checked baggage was not required to be re-screened in the United States by an explosive detection system before such baggage continued on an additional flight or flight segment.

(ii)

The amount of Federal savings generated from the exercise of such authority.

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(b)

Conforming amendments

Section 44901 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking explosive each place it appears and inserting explosives.